Cape Town is known for its rich history and diverse cultures. But with so much on display, where does one start to explore? Here are 4 museums for beginners who are looking for an engaging experience but don't have hours to stroll around and explore.
1. District Six Museum
District Six was actually a residential location that played an important role in developing a multicultural South Africa. The museum explores the hardships and atrocities of apartheid of those who were relocated when it was formally declared a “white” neighbourhood. There are also former district 6 residents that give guided tours and paint a vivid picture of life in this renowned area.
Entry fee: R40 per person (adult)
Location: 25A Buitenkant Street
Cape Town, 8001 South Africa
Contact: Tel +27 21 466 7200
2. South African Jewish Museum
This impeccably curated museum houses exhibits and photographs featuring the beginnings of the South African Jewish community and their relationship and importance in the country. The synagogue and Netsuke exhibition are some of the noteworthy sights.
Entry Fee: R60 per person
Location: 88 Hatfield Street, Gardens
3. Cape Town Diamond Museum
Located in one of the busiest parts of cape town, the V & A Waterfront, the museum takes you through the process of diamond making and the history of diamonds. What’s more, if you plan to take a special lady with you, why not get her something glittery. After all a diamond is a girl’s best friend!
Entry Fee: Free
Location: Level 1 The Clock Tower | V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Contact: +27 21 421 2488
4. The Iziko Slave Lodge Museum
Another painful reminder of those that suffered in inhuman conditions during the era of apartheid. The museum has a short video documentary of the origins of the lodge after which one can explore the exhibits some of which are everyday objects that once belonged to the slaves living in the lodge. Currently, there is also a display dedicated to living with HIV.
Entry Fee: R30 per person (adults)
Location: Corner Adderley and Wale Streets, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 467 7229
We’ve covered the basics, but there is a lot more to see! Some other must see museums are -
The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum ( http://www.sarugby.co.za/content.aspx?contentid=113444
The Bo-Kaap Museum ( https://www.iziko.org.za/museums/bo-kaap-museum)
The Heart of Cape Town Museum (https://heartofcapetown.co.za)